Successful Women of Israel

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InspHERation: Yiska Oppenheim – Marketing Strategist & Director of Emunah’s Business Club

What makes a hard-core religious kibbutznik leave the kibbutz to become the director of an all-women religious business club?

Yiska Oppenheim, left the kibbutz way of life to become a successful marketing strategist. She is behind the popular Israeli Facebook group Datiot Iskiot Medabrot [Religious Businesswomen Speak Out] and the director of Emunah Jerusalem’s Business Club. I met up with her to discuss her journey from kibbutz life to city life and the impact she’s having on religious female business owners.

The Kibbutz  –  a source of tension and growth

Yiska is second-generation kibbutz born. Her four grandparents made aliyah to the kibbutz from Italy.

But for Yiska, kibbutz life was complex.

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10 Favourite Equal Pay Day 2017 Tweets

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day 2017 in America. I say America, because the date of Equal Pay Day changes each year because it is based on how far into the year women have to work in order to earn what men earned the previous year.

In America, women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns; in Israel women earn 67 agurot for every shekel a man earns. In fact, Israel’s wage gap is one of the widest in the world, among developed countries.

If things continue to change at the rate at which they are changing now, it will take 44 years to close the wage gap in America, and 80 years to close the gap in Israel.

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My 3 Big Takeaways from the Tel Aviv Women & Business Conference 2017

On Monday (January 16, 2017), I attended the 3rd annual Women & Business conference, for the second time.

Once again, the conference was emceed by the lovely Orly Vilnai; she kept things on track, bridged seamlessly between speakers and spent breaks patiently taking selfies with her adoring crowd.  

What made this conference so exciting for me, and the reason I decided to attend again, is the opportunity to learn from and meet so many talented and inspiring women.

And though the image used for the conference portrays your typical attractive woman in professional attire, the actual speakers were so varied; they were of different backgrounds, political leanings (two women Knesset members, from different parties spoke), and their professions ranged from musicians and comic artists to mentors and leaders of large organizations.   

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5 Things that Still Haven’t Changed for Women in our Modern World

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Sure, women have come a long way since the days that we weren’t allowed to vote, run marathons, or study in universities. But though it’s almost 2017, the road to gender equality is still long and very bumpy.

The number of women in our modern world who are smart, talented and savvier than ever, have surpassed men in education; that is, more women than men are receiving high-school diplomas, studying in university and even pursuing doctoral degrees.  

In Israel, where I live, there has already been a female prime minister. And yet gender inequality is still rife.

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The 7 Best Posts Of This Past Week

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It’s been a tough week, the kids started school, my workload isn’t getting lighter  (no complaints!), and I’m obsessed with getting my book writing done.

And while I’ve had less time to play, less time to sleep and less time to devote to my sanity, I’ve haven’t given myself a break on keeping up with my favorite blogs.

Here’s a list of my favorite posts from this past week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

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